Auto review by Veeno Dewan
“The Honda Civic has been one of the best-selling cars in North America for decades. And in 2022, Honda is celebrating 50 years and 11 generations of their super popular compact car.”
The Honda Civic has been one of the best-selling cars in North America for decades. And in 2022, Honda is celebrating 50 years and 11 generations of their super popular compact car. It is easy to see the appeal of the Civic, competitive pricing, decent equipment levels, and a continuous cycle of improvement mean each new model is at the zenith of its development. Versatility is key. There have been both three and four door sedans, a five-door hatchback, three-door coupes, and of course, the ultra-sporty performance Si and Type R versions that quicken the pulse of any boy racer!
The 2022 version looks bolder than previous generations, with some design influences from the bigger current-generation Honda Accord sedan. There is a sleeker look, with a longer front hood, more steeply raked, and lower roof. The interior is also revamped with more room, and a premium upmarket quality feel. Engineering changes such as more structural adhesive, increased aluminum, and other lightweight materials make for a lighter, more robust, and more fuel-efficient car.
Power is via a base four cylinder 158-horsepower 2.0-litre engine. The upper range Touring version meanwhile is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine which produces 180 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque.
The base “LX” will start at $24,465 and goes through a couple of models: Civic LX, Sport, EX, ending up with full load Civic Touring. All 2022 Civics now have Honda Sensing with Traffic Jam Assist, blind spot indicators, and a remote engine starter. The Civic LX carries a $22,695 sticker price.
“The 2022 Civic looks bolder than previous generations, with some design influences from the bigger current-generation Honda Accord sedan. There is a sleeker, more athletic look to the new Civic.”
The as-tested – top-shelf Touring model priced at $30,265adds such niceties as leather seats, parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, a 10-inch digital cluster display, a 9-inch touchscreen, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, and wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
Interior-wise, a completely new dashboard with an ingenious clean-looking mesh panel concealing the heating and cooling vents separates the upper and lower parts. It looks very cool; the vents are controlled via small joysticks that protrude through and allow you to direct airflow where desired. Materials even on the lower trim levels are good with metal accents on many of the switches and a fingerprint-resistant material on the center console. The buttons and knobs now feel more tactile, with knurled metallic finishes that add to the upmarket ambiance. The 2022 Civic can seat four adults in good comfort: three at a push in the back seat.
On the road, the most noticeable is the lesser amount of road, wind, and tire noise. Apparently, Honda engineers have used urethane spray foam to fill voids and other sound-absorbing materials on the underbody and throughout the chassis. Works well is all I can say. The Civic is peppy to drive with stable, no drama handling. It feels agile yet not jittery with its firm, comfortable suspension. Excellent visibility and front driver occupant make for a somewhat sporty ride make the everyday driving experience pleasant. Rigid and composed Power delivery comes fast from the mid-range, and the driver is rewarded with an excellent smooth progression of torque. You can also play with the various performance settings, of which I like the taut, athletic ride. It is not too firm or soft. I also enjoyed the crisp, handling, and precise linear steering. Body roll is minimal thanks to the lightweight and superb engineering. Not a lot to complain about. The Civic is priced well in base, but options stay jacking the price up. Overall, it’s a great family car.
For 2022, the 11th generation Civic is priced from $24,465 in Canada, and only the sedan is available for the present. It will soon be followed by the hatchback. And later, the sporty Si model with a manual transmission. The new 2022 Honda Civic does not disappoint in any way. The queue starts at the right! Highly recommended.
2022 Honda Civic – Priced from $24,465. More info at www.honda.ca